MORRIS ISLAND, August 22, 1863-8 a.m.
I received your dispatch stating that your attack is postponed until to-night. I think with our batteries in operation against Sumter she cannot fire a gun at you even in the daytime, if she has any to fire, which I doubt.
OFF MORRIS ISLAND, August 22, 1863-8.50 a.m.
It is not of Sumter that I am apprehensive, but of Moultrie and adjacent forts; but most all of Sumter's have been sent to Moultrie, which makes no difference in the fire. This I am inclined to endure rather than have a monitor ashore to defend or destroy, which would change the whole course of operations.
OFF MORRIS ISLAND, August 22, 1863-9.10 a.m.
Wagner is firing rapidly. I fear she will dismount some of our guns.
MORRIS ISLAND, August 22, 1863-9.40 a.m.
Wagner is firing very rapidly. There is great danger of dismounting our guns. What can you do to stop it?
OFF MORRIS ISLAND, August 22, 1863-9.50 a.m.
I will send up some monitors at once.
MORRIS ISLAND, August 22, 1863-9.55 a.m.
Chief of Artillery:
Can you not keep down Wagner's fire with mortars, 30-pounders, Parrotts, and sharpshooters?